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in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for 0 withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularly the taliban that's holed up i
iraq did not change the middle east as many felt it would just by projecting american power. this is in many ways about the kind of leadership that we're seeing take root in the middle east and what leverage the united states has. i think that's a critical question. how the united states uses leverage in that part of the world and what about american public opinion? americans are very frustrated seeing all these images after we give millions of dollars to these countries and have actually played a role militarily and otherwise in helping to free folks, citizens of libya and egypt from rule. >> david gregory, thanks very much. >> thanks, lester. >>> now a check on the rest of this morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is over at the news desk. good morning. >>> good morning, jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. fbi agents have arrest add man they say planned to detonate a car bomb outside a bar in downtown chicago. more now from nbc's michelle franzen. >> reporter: authorities say a bar in chicago's busy downtown was the target friday night of an alleged car bomb pl
operation in iran would be more demanding than the wars in iraq and afghanistan combined. >>> the teachers strike in chicago has now dragged on into its fourth day. both the union and school district negotiators say they're making progress as talks resume there this morning. >>> well, this year's outbreak of the west nile virus is on track to be the deadliest ever. cases of the mosquito-bourn illness have jumped 35% since last week. but the worst of the outbreak has likely past. some 118 people have died from west nile virus so far this year. >>> actress kathy bates who beat ovarian cancer nine years ago is now battling breast cancer. the oscar winner chose to undergo a double mastectomy. more now from los angeles. good morning, diana. >> natalie, good morning. kathy bates is famously private when it comes to her personal life, but she chose to go public with her recent breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. and she says it's a fight she vows to win. >> i have faith in you, my darling. catch this. >> she's the force behind some of hollywood's most unforgettable characters. now kathy bates ha
is american weakness. and the president's inability to lead and iraq is dissolving, our relations with israel are at a tension point. he -- i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in syria. >> it sounds like you -- >> -- the essence of the american leadership in the region is very weak. i'm saying that the statement that was made about the statement that was made by the u.s. embassy was a very weak statement and an object proof of that is they withdrew that statement and changed it later on. they speak for the united states of america. >> let me play for you president obama's response to mitt romney on telemundo. >> i have observed that there's a tendency to shoot before you aim as i pointed out. and that as president, my obligation is to focus on security for our people and not having ideological arguments on a day when we are mourning the loss of outstanding, outstanding folks who have served our country very well. >> senator mccain, understanding that you do agree generally with what mitt romney said, did he miss the m
, particularly from the obama campaign, lashing out at him for not mentioning the troops that are in iraq. now, the romney campaign has pushed back and said that the candidates met with the american legion on wednesday, just a day before his speech. the other big speech from the republican national convention, you've been talking about it already this morning, lester, of course that speech that was given by 82-year-old acting icon clint eastwood, when he gave a performance, essentially interviewing an empty chair that was meant to represent president obama. a lot of people called that performance bizarre, but the romney campaign defended it yesterday. they said the fact that he brought up the high unemployment rate, the fact that he called for a change in leadership made the speech worthwhile. and lester, they also said that the candidate himself felt that the speech was amusing. right now, political analysts watching to see if romney will get any type of a bump on the heels of the rnc. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. ed rendell is the former chairman of the democratic national c
in iraq and afghanistan. 41 years old, woods was a father to due teenage boys, his family described him as someone who loved life, loved adrenaline. all four were killed in the line of duty and in duty to their nation. >> this led to fresh jabs on the presidential campaign trail. nbc's peter alexander is here with that part of the story. this is for the first time becoming a major flashpoint between the president and governor romney. >> a largely dormant campaign issue. with the ongoing turmoil in the middle east and the political fallout at home, poet president barack obama and mitt romney are trying to project strength on national security, but less than eight weeks till election day romney, who by the way authored a book titled "no apologies" is making no apologies for his sharp cricism of the president's foreign policy. while in virginia mitt romney toned down his attacks on president obama seeking to project strength in more subtle terms, arguing the president is a weak leader. >> sometimes it seems that we're at the mercy of events instead of shaping events. the world needs americ
toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not -- and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being
number. more than 244,000 u.s. troops have returned from the wars in iraq and afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries, an issue that is front and center for the nfl. a league dealing with the problem of concussions among many of its current and former players. the league is now teaming up with the u.s. army and national institutes of health to research ways to limit these types of injuries. roger goodell is commissioner of nfl. dr. landes director of the nih's institute. general odierno is the chief of staff of the army. good morning to all of you. general, that's a huge number, 244,000 military personnel with those brain injuries. i know the seriousness of those injuries varies from person-to-person but it's a problem that has to be addressed. >> absolutely. one of the problems we have are soldiers coming forward first to say i have a problem. one of the things we're really focusing on is making sure the physical, mental, dedication to accomplishment does not impede people from saying i have a problem and i need help. that's why this initiative is important to us. we're now putting se
are these free loaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the v.a.? a student getting a loan to go to colleges, the retiree on social security or medicare? here's mark mckinnon, it reveals a deeply cynical man who sees the country as completely divided, two completely different sets of people who would likely govern in a way that would only further divide us. these are republican voices. >> well, i don't know, david brooks is a columnist, i don't know if he would call himself a republican or not. but, matt, if you look at the full tape, the governor was asked about winning the election. and he said an election, the president starts with 47%, i start with 47%. i think most political analysts would agree that's pretty much the bottom line for most -- both parties' nominees. and you've got to fight for the 6% of undecided voters. that's political analysis. >> you're talking about numbers there and the comments were more disparaging -- it wasn't just being a numbers game. he made disparaging comments about their lack of responsibility. >> what he said was that -- he was talking about t
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